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The Red Ring


600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh , PA, 15201
https://redringrestaurant.com/
Email : dining@duq.edu
Phone : 412-396-3555

County : Allegheny
Neighborhood : Pittsburgh - Bluff
County: Allegheny
Designation Level : Gold Designation
Owner/Manager : Duquesne Universiry/Chris Baierbach Director of Restaurant Operations

Sustainability Practices:


General

Points
1 point Mandatory: We will/we pledge to display our Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation on our website, menu, and/or marketing materials

Restaurant's statement: Our restaurant will display our Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation through our website, menu, and/or marketing materials and program detail.
1 point Mandatory: We will/we pledge to post the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant decal in a place visible to restaurant guests

Restaurant's statement: Our restaurant will display our Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation through our website, menu, and/or marketing materials, and program decal.
3 points We have adopted a comprehensive sustainability policy

Restaurant's statement: Our restaurant through our partnership with Parkhurst Dining has adopted a comprehensive sustainability policy.
3 points We provide sustainability-related training and information to all new and existing employees

Restaurant's statement: Our restaurant provides sustainability training to all new and existing employees
3 points We include updates on our sustainable actions within staff meetings

Restaurant's statement: We include updates on our sustainable actions within staff meetings.
11 Points for General

Waste Reduction

Points
4 points We track the amount of waste our restaurant produces and disposes and our progress on waste reduction

Restaurant's statement: Our chefs and managers log all food waste daily on our Food Waste Tracking Form. The restaurant Asst Manager and Sous Chef meet weekly to review the past week's history. Action steps are taken both daily and weekly to reduce future food waste and production planning base a the restaurant’s daily sales forecasts.
2 points We recycle all of the following materials: paper, glass, plastic, cardboard, and aluminum

Restaurant's statement: Waste Management
3 points We recycle/donate for reuse some of the following large materials/items: appliances, building materials, cabinets, countertops, windows, doors, flooring, mirrors, furniture, toilets, sinks

Restaurant's statement: We recycle/donate large material items whenever possible.
3 points We recycle/donate for reuse some of the following small materials/items: polystyrene/Styrofoam, light bulbs, batteries, aerosol cans, paint, computer systems, hardware, light fixtures, ink and toner cartridges

Restaurant's statement: Our restaurant recycles small hard to recycle items or donates them for reuse.
2 points We have eliminated straws from guest use or instilled an "offer first" approach with straws

Restaurant's statement: We have adopted an offer first approach with straws.
3 points We sell or donate our used cooking oil

Restaurant's statement: We donate our cooking oil to Pro-Fry.
3 points We practice "root-to-stem" or "nose-to-tail" cooking

Restaurant's statement: We use all scraps from the vegetables used in menu preparation to make our stocks.
1 point We post our daily specials or menu on a chalkboard/whiteboard as opposed to printing

Restaurant's statement: We post our daily specials or menu on a chalkboard.
2 points We do not use plastic bags to bag take-out items or have instilled an "offer first" approach to bagging take-out items in plastic

Restaurant's statement: We do not offer plastic bags at seated tables for take out items unless requested.
3 points We have eliminated the use of polystyrene foam or Styrofoam containers (boxes and cups) for take-out use

Restaurant's statement: We use take out containers made of recycled materials.
3 points We purchase paper products and/or containers made from recycled content

Restaurant's statement: Our take out containers are made from recycled content.
2 points We purchase paper products and/or containers that are recyclable

Restaurant's statement: Take out containers
2 points We purchase plastic products/containers that are recyclable

Restaurant's statement: Take Out Bags
2 points We do not serve water that is bottled in plastic

Restaurant's statement: We do not offer water bottled in plastic
2 points If we offer our guests paper self-serve napkins, we use a single output dispenser

Restaurant's statement: We offer one napkin per guest wrapped around their silverware
2 points We use a paperless system to process guest orders

Restaurant's statement: We use a paperless system to process guest orders
2 points We use a paperless ordering and billing for vendors where it is available

Restaurant's statement: All ordering is done online and billing is processed through our internet based back office system.
3 points We serve dine-in food and beverages with multi-use rather than disposable dishware (plates, cups, utensils, ramekins, etc.)

Restaurant's statement: We use multi use dishware for dine in food and beberages
1 point We pay utility bills electronically (when given the option)

Restaurant's statement: Water, Fire Alarm, Gas, and Electric
45 Points for Waste Reduction

Water Conservation

Points
3 points We have addressed water conservation by reducing the flow rate of our sinks

Restaurant's statement: Original installation met Comcheck for energy code conservation.
2 points We practice water-saving dishwashing techniques: hand scraping plates, pots, and pans before washing, presoaking pans/utensils, only running the dishwasher when it is full, and/or basin style washing

Restaurant's statement: We practice water saving dish washing techniques.
3 points We have addressed water conservation through the efficiency of our toilets

Restaurant's statement: Flushometers that are required by the City of Pgh are low flow.
3 points We have addressed water conservation through the efficiency of our urinals

Restaurant's statement: Flushometer that are required by the City of Pgh are low flow.
1 point We thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator (not with running water)

Restaurant's statement: We thaw frozen food in our coolers.
1 point We avoid hosing indoor and outdoor areas. Instead, we use dry cleaning methods followed by a damp mopping

Restaurant's statement: We use dry cleaning methods to clean our indoor and outdoor areas.
2 points We regularly check for and repair leaks in our water system

Restaurant's statement: We check weekly for leaks and repair leaks in house with our maintenance department.
1 point We turn off all kitchen faucets when not in use

Restaurant's statement: We turn off all kitchen faucets when not in use.
16 Points for Water Conservation

Energy Efficiency

Points
2 points We have our HVAC inspected annually to ensure it is in proper working condition and operating efficiently

Restaurant's statement: Compliance preventative orders are generated to inspect and perform preventative maintenance and performed in house.
2 points We use a programmable thermostat (continuously programmed to heat at 68 degrees and cool at 74 degrees during operating hours and 62 to heat/85 to cool during non-operating hours)

Restaurant's statement: The restaurant has a DDC programmable temperature control system.
4 points We have a policy that we only purchase Energy Star equipment or appliances when available

Restaurant's statement: As part of our RFP process for equipment whenever possible we purchase Energy Star appliances.
2 points We have installed plastic strip curtains at walk-in cooler and freezer doors

Restaurant's statement: We have installed plastic strip curtains on walk-in coolers and freezer doors
4 points We have upgraded to energy efficient lighting (T8 or T5 flourescents, LED, CFL)

Restaurant's statement: At construction in 2008 met Concheck for Energy Code Compliance.
5 points We use LED bulbs in lighting or emergency exits

Restaurant's statement: We have LED bulbs in our emergency exit locations.
2 points We turn off non-emergency indoor lights during non-operating hours

Restaurant's statement: We turn off non-emergency indoor lights during non-operating hours.
2 points We turn off lights in unused spaces or have installed sensors/timers to automatically turn them off

Restaurant's statement: We use occupancy sensors to automatically turn off lights in non occupied spaces.
4 points We use renewable energy to supply all or a portion of our energy needs

Restaurant's statement: We own our own Co-Generation Plant and purchase from clear or renewable energy sources (100%) Direct Energy is National Any Green-E is our provider and type energy source.
2 points We regularly clean evaporator and condenser coils on refrigerators (every 3 months)

Restaurant's statement: We clean evaporator and condensor cables every 3 months.
1 point We maintain the temperature of our hot water heater at 140 degrees or at the lowest temperature consistent with our sanitizing system

Restaurant's statement: Water temperature maintained at the Health Department Safe Quality Level.
1 point We turn off all electronic equipment at the end of business or place them in energy saving mode

Restaurant's statement: We turn off all electronic equipment at the end of business or place them in energy saving mode.
2 points We power down the kitchen equipment during slow, idle times

Restaurant's statement: We power down the kitchen equipment during slow, a ndidle times
2 points We have installed a barrier between the outside air and main entrance (air curtain, foyer, double doors, indoor curtain, revolving door)

Restaurant's statement: We have a foyer or air curtain at our main entrances
1 point We use natural cooling in place of air conditioning, when acceptable

Restaurant's statement: We use natural cooling whenever the outside temperature is under 55 degrees.
2 points We have insulated all refrigeration cold suction lines

Restaurant's statement: All our refrigeration systems have insulation
3 points We use daylight sensors or adjust our indoor lighting based on natural sunlight available

Restaurant's statement: We adjust our indoor lighting when natural sunlight is available.
41 Points for Energy Efficiency

People - Community/Consumer Actions

Points
2 points We partner with, fundraise, sponsor, promote or donate to a local community organization, community members, or cause

Restaurant's statement: We partner with local organizations, community members, and causes to hold fundraisers.
3 points We provide employment opportunities for residents of the local community

Restaurant's statement: We provide employment opportunities for residents of the local community.
4 points We participate with an organization's program designed to provide employment opportunities for vulnerable populations

Restaurant's statement: St. Andrews School
4 points We participate in cooking classes, farmer events, or provide educational opportunities for adults or children to promote responsible food choices, culinary skills, food sourcing, meal planning, health and wellness, or other educational purposes

Restaurant's statement: Our chef teaches at the Pittsburgh Edible Classroom Classes regularly, 2 or 3 per year. Jamie Moore our Director of Sourcing is a board member with PASA and speaks regularly at Duquesne and Chatham sustainability school. Active with Grow Pittsburgh
2 points We donate used cookware, linens, equipment, electronics, furniture, curtains, etc. to charity

Restaurant's statement: We donate used cookware and equipment to local Goodwill agencies.
4 points We help to provide access to healthy, fresh food to people in underserved communities

Restaurant's statement: Our restaurant is located in a community that is underserved in providing healthy, fresh food to its residents
2 points We encourage guests to take alternative transportation to get to our restaurant (bike, bus, walk, carpool)

Restaurant's statement: We encourage guests to walk to our restaurant.
2 points There is a secure location to store bicycles at or near our restaurant

Restaurant's statement: Forbes Garage (across the street) has 3 bike racks.
1 point We have a bicycle air pump and flat tire repair kit on premises

Restaurant's statement: We have a bicycle repair station as part of campus which the restaurant employees are aware of should bicyclists need service
24 Points for People - Community/Consumer Actions

People - Employee Actions

Points
2 points Our employees participate in volunteer activities

Restaurant's statement: Children's Hospital Book Reading, Soup Kitchens volunteer opportunities
2 points We positively contribute to employee health and wellness through incentives or programs offered (i.e. gym membership discounts, yoga classes, sports league, etc.)

Restaurant's statement: Softball sponsorship for employees
5 points We exceed the industry standard for FOH and BOH employee wages (over the current minimum wage rate) or have instituted an alternative pay system structure compared to traditional industry methods

Restaurant's statement: We adhere to industry standards for FOH & BOH wages.
4 points We offer health benefits to our employees

Restaurant's statement: We offer health benefits to our employees
1 point Our restaurant is owned by someone who lives within the local region

Restaurant's statement: Pitttsburgh
3 points We offer our staff training to further enhance career development

Restaurant's statement: We offer a variety of Culinary Training and Alcohol Awareness classes.
1 point We provide emergency rides for employees

Restaurant's statement: We provide emergency transportation to our employees based upon the situation.
2 points We provide some form of incentive for employee's use of alternative transportation for work (public transportation, walk, bicycle, carpooling)

Restaurant's statement: We are providing complementary meals for those that are using alternate transportation to work.
3 points We provide employees with at least 11 hours of non-working time between shifts

Restaurant's statement: We provide employees with at least 11 hours of non-working time between shift.
3 points We provide employees working double shifts with a minimum break time of two hours

Restaurant's statement: We provide employees working double shifts with a two hour minimum break.
3 points We provide our employees at least one day off for every five days worked consecutively

Restaurant's statement: We provide our employees at least one day off for every five days worked consecutively.
3 points We provide FOH and BOH employees with some form of compensation during sick leave

Restaurant's statement: Salaried staff receive long and short term disability benefits
3 points We offer our FOH and BOH employees vacation time

Restaurant's statement: 1 year= 1 week, 2 years=2 weeks, etc.
3 points We offer internal promotions

Restaurant's statement: Current Marketing Manager
3 points We cross-train employees across different floor and kitchen positions

Restaurant's statement: BOH is trained between saute stations and pantry.. Fryer and grill.
3 points We provide employees with the ability to move between front and back of house positions

Restaurant's statement: BOH dishwasher has moved to FOH bartender.
3 points We give raises based on employee performance and responsibility

Restaurant's statement: We give raises based on employee performance and responsibility during annual performance reviews.
1 point We provide discounts for our employees at our restaurant

Restaurant's statement: 20% if not working/50% if working.
2 points We provide bonuses or incentives for employee performance

Restaurant's statement: FOH contests for sales with incentives.
2 points We work hard to ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment

Restaurant's statement: We work hard to ensure a diverse and inclusive work environment from recruitment and hiring, professional development and community engagement.
52 Points for People - Employee Actions

Responsible Sourcing

Points
3 points We derive some items or ingredients locally (i.e. cheese, milk, coffee, tea, juice, baked goods, beer, wine, spirits, invasive species, raw baking materials)

Restaurant's statement: We buy our dairy, bread, beer, beef, and produce from local businesses.
4 points We source our seafood sustainably [Consult Monterey Bay's Seafood Watch Guide (do not serve from 'Avoid' column), Blue Ocean Institute's Guide to Friendly Seafood (do not serve those coded as orange or red), or purchase from a supplier certified by the Marine Stewardship Council]

Restaurant's statement: Salmon purchased from Land and Sea Seafood & Fresh Meat Company.
2 points We source products from a regionally-based third party supplier

Restaurant's statement: Monteverde
3 points We rotate menu items based on seasonality

Restaurant's statement: Menus are rotated and based upon season availability and specific local product provided from purveyors.
2 points We purchase eggs that have at least one of the following characteristics: local, cage-free, organic

Restaurant's statement: We purchase our eggs from a local farmer.
2 points We recognize local farms and/or vendors whose products we source online, on our menu, or through our marketing

Restaurant's statement: We recognize local farms through our Marketing, "Buy Fresh, Buy Local."
3 points We can, pickle, or preserve foods

Restaurant's statement: We pickle radishes and onions in house.
3 points We make at least one of the following items in-house: salad dressings, condiments, sauces, jams, jellies, juices, soups, broths, stock, chutneys, syrups, salsas

Restaurant's statement: Salad Dressings, sauces, soups, stocks, chutneys and syrups.
3 points We source animal products that are humanely raised and processed

Restaurant's statement: Jamison Farms
4 points When in season, we source 16-30% of produce locally (From within a 150 mile radius)

Restaurant's statement: 19%
3 points When in season, we source 16-30% of produce regionally (From within a 400 mile radius)

Restaurant's statement: 25.5%
6 points We source 31-45% of meats locally (from within a 150 mile radius)

Restaurant's statement: 32.5%
3 points We source 26-50% of meats regionally (From within a 400 mile radius)

Restaurant's statement: 32.5%
For RS-36 – RS-39, select the “yes” that represents your % of organic or naturally grown products:
2 points 1-15% of products we use carry organic certification or are naturally grown

Restaurant's statement: 3%
43 Points for Responsible Sourcing

Nutrition

Points
2 points Our restaurant provides half portions of select menu items or small plates (tapas)

Restaurant's statement: We offer half sandwich options as well as soup and salad options.
2 points Our restaurant provides vegetarian/vegan fare

Restaurant's statement: Four Cheese Mac, Arugula Salad, and Veggie Wrap.
2 points Our restaurant provides menu items or side dishes marketed as healthier, lower calorie options than our traditional menu choices

Restaurant's statement: When appropriate market menu items as healthy or lower calorie optins
2 points Our restaurant provides entrée items served with fruits and/or vegetables

Restaurant's statement: Fresh vegetables are always offered as a side option for any menu item.
2 points Our restaurant provides allergen-free options

Restaurant's statement: Gluten Free Bread and Pasta, No Peanut Oil used at the facility.
2 points Our restaurant provides low-sodium options

Restaurant's statement: Salads are low sodium, All Fresh Vegetables which are offered every day
2 points Our restaurant provides ancient grains (barley, farro, quinoa, polenta, amaranth, spelt, kamut, chia, sorghum, freekeh, teff, millet)

Restaurant's statement: We have quinoa in our everyday menu.
2 points Our restaurant provides low calorie salad dressings

Restaurant's statement: Balsamic Vinaigrette, Blood Orange Vinaigrette
3 points Our restaurant provides fruits or vegetables are offered with children's meals

Restaurant's statement: Vegetables are a side dish option for kids meals.
3 points Our restaurant provides alternatives to soft drinks for children's meals

Restaurant's statement: Juice and milk.
3 points Our restaurant provides lean proteins are used in children's meals

Restaurant's statement: Chick Breast
3 points Our restaurant provides low-fat, low-calorie, low-sugar, or low-sodium options for children's meals

Restaurant's statement: We option fresh vegetables as a side for children's meals as an alternative to french fries. We offer juice for children's meals.
2 points We use healthful, plant based oils for cooking and baking (containing predominantly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats - no trans-fat/partially-hydrogenated oils)

Restaurant's statement: No trans fat cooking oil used for all cooking and baking.
30 Points for Nutrition